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Capitol Valley Regional SAFE

The Capitol Valley Regional Service Authority for Freeways and Expressways (CVR-SAFE)

Call Boxes

SACOG manages the Sacramento region’s highway and bike trail call box program, a cooperative effort that has put call boxes on about 750 miles of highway in a seven-county area. The boxes provide motorists in need with a direct link to roadside assistance and if necessary the California Highway Patrol, via a private call answering service. In addition, motorists can request roadside assistance by calling 511 toll free. These “mobile call boxes” provide the same access as using a roadside call box.

The program is a joint venture of Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba, and El Dorado counties, which together operate the Capitol Valley Regional Service Authority for Freeways and Expressways (CVR-SAFE), also known as Capitol Valley Regional SAFE (CVR-SAFE). SACOG also manages the call boxes located in Glenn County. It is financed by an annual $1 charge on all registered vehicles in the participating counties. SACOG provides staffing and management for CVR-SAFE.

Program Manager

Barbara VaughanBechtold

History of Call Box Program

Call boxes are the yellow telephone boxes installed along highways. They provide direct access to motorists who need assistance. Whether it’s a flat tire, an empty tank of gas or an auto accident, chances are that one day you will need help on the highway. Use of the call box is free. Motorists are responsible for paying for towing and most other roadside assistance charges.

The highway call box program in the Sacramento region began in 1991, with state legislation that enabled five counties to join forces in a cooperative regional call box program. Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba, Sutter and San Joaquin Counties combined to form the Capitol Valley Regional Service Authority For Freeways And Expressways (SAFE). El Dorado County joined the Capitol Valley SAFE in 2000. SACOG began managing the call boxes located in Glenn County in 2000. Together, these seven counties provide call boxes along highways and 511 “mobile call box” service in a more efficient and cost-effective way than if each county was working on its own. Elsewhere in California, the majority of call box programs are operated by individual counties.

Installation of the call boxes began in April 1994. Currently, there are approximately 350 call boxes and over 100 “Roadside Assist” call 511 signs installed on about 750 miles of highway in seven counties.

The call box program is financed from an annual $1 charge on all registered vehicles in the participating counties. The Council of Governments provides the staffing and management for the Capitol Valley Regional Service Authority For Freeways and Expressways (a.k.a. Capitol Valley Regional SAFE, CVR-SAFE).

On June 16, 2022, the CVR-SAFE Board approved the Final FY 2022-23 CVR-SAFE annual budget. Please direct any comments or inquiries regarding the CVR-SAFE program to Barbara VaughanBechtold, CVR-SAFE Program Manager at bvaughanbechtold@sacog.org or (916) 340-6226.

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Planning and Capital Categories Application
Applications due Oct 27

SACOG has released the call for projects for the Planning (Category B) and Capital (Category C) categories of the 2022 Green Means Go funding program. Together, the categories will award approx. $31 million in grant funds for efforts that help accelerate infill housing that improves housing affordability. Applications in each category are due Oct 27th, 2022.

There are three required components of the Capital category submittal:

Public Notice

Unmet Transit Needs Hearing – Sacramento County (Galt)
Galt City Hall - Council Chambers, October 26th at 1 PM

Tell Us About Your Transit Needs

We want to know if bus, dial-a-ride, paratransit, or light rail services are meeting your needs.

Your local transit operators and the regional transportation planning agency, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, are looking for comments and suggestions that will help plan and improve transit services in Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba and Sutter counties.

You can share your comments on transit services in the four counties in a number of ways:

Public Notice

Unmet Transit Needs Hearing – Sutter and Yuba Counties
Yuba County Government Center - Wheatland Room, October 24th at 1 PM

Tell Us About Your Transit Needs

We want to know if bus, dial-a-ride, paratransit, or light rail services are meeting your needs.

Your local transit operators and the regional transportation planning agency, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, are looking for comments and suggestions that will help plan and improve transit services in Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba and Sutter counties.

You can share your comments on transit services in the four counties in a number of ways:

Public Notice

Unmet Transit Needs hearing – 4 Counties
Remote Meeting

Tell Us About Your Transit Needs

We want to know if bus, dial-a-ride, paratransit, or light rail services are meeting your needs.

Your local transit operators and the regional transportation planning agency, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, are looking for comments and suggestions that will help plan and improve transit services in Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba and Sutter counties.

You can share your comments on transit services in the four counties in a number of ways:

Public Notice

Unmet Transit Needs – SacRT/Sacramento County
Historic Folsom Farmer's Market - Saturday, October 29th at 8 AM

Tell Us About Your Transit Needs

We want to know if bus, dial-a-ride, paratransit, or light rail services are meeting your needs.

Your local transit operators and the regional transportation planning agency, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, are looking for comments and suggestions that will help plan and improve transit services in Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba and Sutter counties.

You can share your comments on transit services in the four counties in a number of ways:

Public Notice

Unmet Transit Needs – SacRT/Sacramento County
Oak Park Farmer's Market - Sunday, October 23rd at 9 AM

Tell Us About Your Transit Needs

We want to know if bus, dial-a-ride, paratransit, or light rail services are meeting your needs.

Your local transit operators and the regional transportation planning agency, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, are looking for comments and suggestions that will help plan and improve transit services in Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba and Sutter counties.

You can share your comments on transit services in the four counties in a number of ways:

Public Notice

Unmet Transit Needs – Yolo County
Davis Farmer's Market - Saturday, October 22nd at 8 AM

Tell Us About Your Transit Needs

We want to know if bus, dial-a-ride, paratransit, or light rail services are meeting your needs.

Your local transit operators and the regional transportation planning agency, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, are looking for comments and suggestions that will help plan and improve transit services in Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba and Sutter counties.

You can share your comments on transit services in the four counties in a number of ways:

Public Notice

SACOG Board Unmet Transit Needs Hearing
Hybrid Meeting

Let your opinion be heard

Provide your public comments during the SACOG January 19, 2023 Board meeting.

LOCATION: Hybrid meeting – 1415 L Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814 or online/app or phone

January 19, 2023 at 9:30 AM

SACOG Board Room
1415 L Street, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA